Rural Schools Task Force

Not formally invited
4:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Swearingen Says Forum A "Political Stunt"

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R-Rhinelander)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Republican state Representative Rob Swearingen thought last week's forum on education had other motives...

".....you have a retiring Senator....along with a freshman Representative from the Wausau area. So coming up into the 12th Senate District or the 34th Assembly district appears to be a political stunt...."

Swearingen is talking about Republican State Senator Dale Schultz and Republican Mandy Wright from Wausau. Both legislators held a forum on rural school funding in Rhinelander.

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Vouchers key issue
5:37 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Forum Thursday in Rhinelander On School Funding

Rep. Mandy Wright(D-Wausau)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Two state legislators are coming to Rhinelander Thursday evening to hold a public forum on school funding.

Republican State Senator Dale Schultz of Richland Center and Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright of Wausau will discuss how current and possible future funding changes affects rural schools.

Wright says a proposal to greatly expand the school voucher program could put more pressure on public schools...

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Rural Schools Task Force
3:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wright Says GOP Kicking Education 'Down The Road'

Rep. Mandy Wright(D-Wausau)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Former teacher and Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright from Wausau says the legislature had a chance to move on some recommendations from the report but majority Republicans said no.

Wright was a member of the bipartisan Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools.

She says she agrees with most of report, a couple she disagrees with, but she says the report was written in good faith. But she says the report is not specific on how to make changes. She says educators were clear what their needs are....

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Towards next Assembly session
4:11 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Assembly To Discuss Rural Education Issues

Dr. Mike Ritchie
Credit Northland Pines School District

  Educators are optimistic some key points brought out during the recent Rural School Task Force will be part of the agenda in coming legislative sessions. Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says while it's too late for a bill this session,  as Thursday is likely the final day for the Assembly this term, he says the discussion will set the stage for a focus on three key issues. He says one idea is similar to what happens for doctors who choose to work in rural areas...  

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